Shotgun Mics for hand held field use

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Gumbo, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. Gumbo macrumors newbie

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    I am a visual artist who is now wanting to add sound to my work. I have a Tascam prota studio that is about 20 years old and I just recently purchased a Zoom H4. I have been collecting sound from the environment with the H4's built in mic and an old Shure 588SD Unisphere B. Due to the fact that I cannot isolate sounds with either of these mics I am looking to buy a shotgun mic. The majority of use will be hand held while walking in a variety of locations such as city streets, woods, corn fields, etc. so a boom is unrealistic. I have been recommended a Rode NTG-2 but am seeking advise from someone who would be using mics in this way. I like the versatility of the Azden SGM-2X but am unsure how it would function in my application. After collecting these sounds I am editing on Garage Band and have tinkered with Cubase.
    Any assistance you can give would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    the mic will not be on camera, correct? (meaning: it's not a shoot with an on-screen interviewer holding a mic)

    if i were looking for a shotgun mic and didn't feel like spending the money on a schoeps (which are awesome), i'd be looking at the brand Sanken. B&H carries them and could talk through your needs.

    whatever you get, you'll want a pistol grip for it, like this one. or if you'll be outdoors, you probably want the whole fuzzy-monkey/zeppelin kit, such as this.
     
  3. CalumC macrumors regular

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    Beat me to it. I use CMC6u cardioids for drum overheads, absolute monster.
     

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